Bears Set Pair of Records in Win over MIT

Brian Kim
Brian Kim

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Coast Guard beat MIT in shoulder-to-shoulder-pistol competition as the Bears finished with a new Academy aggregate record 6504 points against MIT's 5956. The Bears surpassed the previous aggregate record by 33 points. The Bears dealt the Engineers a loss in each of the three Open pistol events.

Senior Helen Oh was the match winner in the Free Pistol event with an outstanding score of 548. One point off of her own Academy record. The Bears won their first event with a new team Academy record in a commanding fashion, 2106 to 1863.

The Bears increased the Academy record by 44 points. Assisting Oh in the victory were Senior Brian Kim's personal best 533, Freshman Benjamin Waalkes' 518, and junior Kevin Bennett's 507.

In Standard Pistol, Bennett led all shooters with a 554. Rounding out the Bears team score of 2167, were Kim's 549, Oh's 549, and Waalkes' 515. The Bears had their second victory over MIT, 2167 to 1999. The Bears defeated the Engineers in Air Pistol 2231 to 2094, setting an MIT range record.

Waalkes led the Bears for the first time in his young Coast Guard career when he fired a personal best 565. Assisting in the new range record were Oh's 564, Kim's 562, and Choe's 540.

The Bears women's team defeated MIT in Women's Air Pistol 1600 to 1542 with Oh firing the high score, 564. Esther Choe chipped in with a 540 and freshman Ella Firenzi with a 496.

In Women's Sport Pistol, Oh also fired a new MIT range record when she fired an outstanding score of 570, leading the Bears to victory, 1601 to MIT's 1070. Oh's range record score surpassed current MIT's captain Laura Yenchesky previous record by one point.

The Bears women's team went on to defeat MIT in the aggregate score, 3201 to 2612. The 9-1 Bears will next compete on the road when they meet up with USMA in West Point on Februday 8th and 9th.